In with Lighthouse, Out with Canvas

March 28th, 2007

The good news: Seattle’s Lighthouse Roasters is opening up a place in San Francisco. They make fantastic espresso drinks.

The bad news: their cafe will far away, in the Marina District.

The worse news: Canvas Gallery & Cafe is closing.

When I lived nearby, Canvas was a favorite hangout. Alas, they’ll close at the end of April.

It’s a unique space in San Francisco, big, bright and cheery, well-designed, on a busy corner across the street from Golden Gate Park. An ever-changing collection of local art covers the walls and hangs from the high ceilings. The space attracts an eclectic collection of students, artists, musicians and creative types; you can often overhear people brainstorming or collaborating on film and music projects here. They host lots of concerts and poetry readings and the monthly “Ask a Scientist” event. It’s one of those great urban spaces, a hothouse for local culture and community.

And now it will be replaced by a frigging seafood restaurant. Hey, better than a Starbuck’s.

Drop by and soak up Canvas while you still can.

Overheard on PA System in Walgreens

March 20th, 2007

“Customer service needed in the antacids department. Customer service needed in the antacids department.”